By Aubree Bailey
On November 2, 2017

Aubree Bailey
Managing Editor

A bibliophile is a person who loves books. I could not identify more with another term.

I have always adored literature.

Some of my first memories are of my parents reading children’s books to me.

My Nana used to take me to the library weekly so I could check out a stack of novels to read that week.

The limit of books one person can check out is twenty, by the way.

As I grew older and started enjoying more mature literature, such as works by Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, I found a new appreciation for books and all that they can do.

I like to say that books are the cheapest plane tickets that exist.

You can travel the world with them at a more than reasonable price, and not have to deal with motion sickness or jet lag at that.

Plus, they can take you back in time.

Try to do that, Southwest.

Books give us friends; they present us with enemies; they can become family.

We can escape in books, find an alternate reality, a peace from the present.

We can learn about others and about ourselves, as well.

I know that sometimes the school system’s presentation of literature can be scarring.

They can make books seem like your nemesis, something you can only analyze, not enjoy.

But there’s much more to gain from books than a fear of the literary canon.

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